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Jordan court refuses US request to extradite wanted Palestinian-Jordanian woman

March 20, 2017 10:08 P.M. (Updated: March 21, 2017 12:10 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) --- Jordan's Court of Cassation confirmed on Monday a government decision to refuse to extradite a Jordanian citizen to the United States, Jordan state news agency Petra reported.

Ahlam Tamimi, a Jordanian woman of Palestinian origin, has admitted to having driven a suicide bomber to a restaurant in Jerusalem in 2001, during the Second Intifada, in an attack that killed 15 people, including an American citizen, and wounded scores.

Tamimi was imprisoned by Israel for her role in the attack and received 16 life sentences, but was released in 2011 as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap.

According to Petra, a letter requesting Tamimi’s extradition to the US was sent to Jordan in September 2016, on the basis of an agreement signed by Jordan and the United States in 1995 in which both states agreed to return wanted fugitives to one another.

However, the court ruled that since the agreement had not been approved by Jordan’s parliament, Jordan was not bound to enforce it.
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